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The best summer moisturisers for every skin type

No doubt you’re currently overhauling your wardrobe – extricating sandals and shoestring-strapped frocks from the back of your closet – yet, you’re still dutifully slathering your skin with the day cream you bought last November? No no no… it’s important to identify the ever-changing needs of your complexion and adapt your regimen accordingly. As the weather hots up (and you start to sweat more), avoid ‘clogging’ your pores with an overly-rich formula and instead, try layering a lighter, jelly-textured essence or featherweight cream over targeted serums or treatments. 

The crisp cotton and linen of your skin care wardrobe, these breathable outfits are ideal for keeping skin ‘cool’ while deflecting the everyday onslaught…

{For dry skin}

Chances are, you’re convinced you really need that intensive, replenishing cream. Wrong! While it’s great for colder climes, you can still get max moisture from less-suffocating incarnations. Perricone MD’s game-changing {H2 Elemental Energy Cloud Cream} is as oooh-inducingly lovely as its name implies – like candy-floss for your complexion, this injects a ‘shot’ of moisture that provides sustained hydration to and maintains skin’s youthful ‘bounce’.

{For dull skin}

Rich yet readily-absorbed, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s {C + Collagen Deep Cream} is brimming with brightening vitamin C to diminish dark spots and help counteract dullness. Ideal if you’re over-worked, over-tired or just want to rev your cells’ engines, this super-charged day cream kick-starts sluggish skin to support collagen, counteract pigmentation and gradually lessen the depths of fine lines. Think of this as an ‘energy drink’ for your face.

{If you love a multi-tasker}

Look no further than de Mamiel’s phenomenal {Atmosphériques Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar with SPF 30}. Don’t be deterred by its tongue-twister of a title – this hard-working hydrator will streamline your skin care ritual (and then some). Incredibly lightweight, this ‘breathable’ veil protects skin from the day-to-day grime, while deflecting the harmful effects of UV and pollutants. It’s also an excellent hydrating primer – leaving skin velvety soft and prepared for foundation.

{For ‘au naturel’ fans}

FARMACY’s {Rise ‘N Shine} boasts a rejuvenating cocktail of farm-to-face extracts. Like a superfood smoothie for your visage, this pretty, ‘eau de nil’ coloured crême has a fresh, gel-cream texture that floods cells with moisture while neutralising free radicals. AND, it’s eco-friendly, über-natural (and Insta-worthy).

{For oily skin}

Tata Harper’s balancing and decongesting {Clarifying Moisturiser} provides light hydration while actively combatting clogged pores and breakouts. Ideal if you’re susceptible to shine or have a dehydrated, problem-prone complexion, this silky blend of calming aloe vera, antibacterial extracts and detoxifying actives helps to nourish while preventing unwelcome eruptions.


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…